Mattresses are expensive. Not only do they cost an arm and a leg to purchase new, but they’re next to impossible to resell.

Some companies allow a trial period to give you the chance to see if you actually like the mattress, but others may leave you wishing you’d made a different choice.

What Is a Trade-in Program?

The most convenient way to purchase a mattress is through a trade-in program.

Some companies will allow you to exchange your old mattress for a cash value that can be applied toward the purchase of a new one. You won’t always get the best cash value for your mattress, as this is an opportunity for companies to capitalize.

In most cases, a “trade-in program” is just a small discount disguised as a significant trade-off. You’d likely be able to get more cash for your old mattress, depending on its condition, if you were to sell it on your own, but that can be tricky.

Sleep Number’s Exchange Policy

Sleep Number currently has no such trade-in program. You won’t be able to trade in your old mattress for a new one, but if you purchased a Sleep Number bed and aren’t satisfied, you may be able to exchange it for a different Sleep Number model.

Unfortunately, not all Sleep Number products are returnable. Also, in any return case, you’re going to have to pay shipping and return fees, which can quickly add up to hundreds of dollars.

So, it's important to be sure that you like what you’re buying, and that you’ll be able to return it if anything changes down the road.

How to Sell Your Used Mattress

You shouldn’t have to rely on a trade-in program to get rid of your old mattress. Here are a few tips on how to sell it so you can get the new mattress you deserve.

Make Sure That Your Mattress Is Sanitary

It is unethical to sell a dirty mattress, especially in today’s world when cleanliness is of the utmost importance.

To keep your mattress clean and ready to sell, you should use a mattress protector, wash your sheets regularly, rotate it on a regular basis, and keep food, drinks, and pets far from it.

Find a Shop

You don’t have to rely on a trade-in program, but you might be able to find one if you do enough searching. Visit local mattress shops in your area and offer your mattress for trade.

Not many shops will be interested, as they likely want to maintain their reputation as a seller of new mattresses, but they may be open to the idea if your mattress is in good condition.

Make Sure That It’s Legal

There are certain things that cannot legally be resold, and mattresses are one of them. For example, it's illegal for both retailers and individuals to sell used mattresses in the state of Kansas.

There are other states where this is unspecified, so it’s important to check the local regulations through the department of health to ensure that you’re legally able to sell your used mattress.


Once you’re ready to sell, you can post your bed or mattress for sale on a platform such as Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. You’ll be able to reach a large audience and sell your old mattress fast.

Alternatives to Sleep Number Trade-in Program

With the price of a Sleep Number bed reaching almost $5,000 for some models, after fees and add-ons,  the need to find an alternative is understandable. You won’t be able to trade in your old mattress for a discount on a Sleep Number bed, but you love the design and functionality of the Sleep Number bed, so what can you do?

The answer is simpler than you may think. All you need to do is find a more affordable alternative. For example, isense mattresses are adjustable, versatile, and even more affordable than the Sleep Number bed.

With an adjustable foam isense mattress, you can control the firmness from your phone. So there’s no need to spend extra money on a remote as you would with a Sleep Number bed.

Instead of scouring the mattress market for a trade-in deal, save yourself some money by purchasing a more comfortable and more affordable mattress instead.

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